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Tiger in the hunt but Casey leads Masters with best major start

Augusta, Thursday: Paul Casey seized the clubhouse lead in the darkness-halted opening round of the Masters on Thursday at rain-softened Augusta National while defending champion Tiger Woods showed the form to threaten for a 16th major title.

Casey, a 43-year-old Englishman chasing his first major title, fired a bogey-free seven-under par 65 -- matching his career-low from 218 major rounds.

"I've put a lot of work in to play this golf course and it has paid off," Casey said.

"It was a great round. I'm very happy with my 65."

Woods took full advantage of attackable conditions after three-quarters of an inch of rain and a storm delay of nearly three hours. He produced his first bogey-free Masters round since 2008 to share fourth in the clubhouse on 68.

"I did everything well today," Woods said. "The greens were soft. You have to seize your opportunities out there and take advantage."

Seventh-ranked Webb Simpson, the 2012 US Open champion, fired a 67 to share second with fellow American Xander Schauffele. - AFP